Briarwood Christian, Walker Claim AHSAA Class 6A State Tennis Titles

       MOBILE – Walker High School won the boys’ Class 6A state championship, and Briarwood Christian captured the Class 6A girls’ state crown as the AHSAA State Tennis Championships concluded Friday at Mobile Tennis Center.
    Walker scored 66 points to win its first state title since 2010. Runner-up Florence had 47 and Opelika finished third with 36 in the boys’ competition. Briarwood totaled 58 points and Walker took second place with 50 in the girls’ division.  Florence was third with 45 points.
     Sophomore Chase Parker of Northview beat Nathan Wang of Shades Valley in the No. 1 singles finals 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Walker, however, sealed the boys’ championship winning three singles championships and two doubles titles.  Sophomores Tyler Banks, Ben Hicks and John Bertoldi won at No. 4 and 6 singles, respectively, for Coach Christian Matthews’ Vikings.
    Banks and Hicks also won at No. 2 doubles, Bertoldi and Eli Matthews won No. 3 doubles.  Capturing the No. 1 doubles title were Opelika’s Kevin Lazenby and Andrew Bizilia. The duo beat Dothan’s Peter Whitehurst and Jordan May in the finals, 6-3, 7-6. Whitehurst was the defending 6A singles champion.
    Northridge was named the Sportsmanship Award recipient.
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    Briarwood Christian, coached by Jeremy Mears, won two singles matches and still has senior Jud Tarence waiting to face defending Class 6A state singles champion Lilly Holmes, a Florence senior, in the No. 1 singles championship match. That match was postponed until Tuesday afternoon. It will be played at 5 p.m., at Cullman High School. Tarence had played four matches on Friday and, by state tournament rules, could not compete in a fifth match.
     Senior Frannie Ware also won at No. 4 singles for the Lions, and freshman Callie Ware won at No. 2.  Tarence and Holmes did square off in the No. 1 doubles finals Friday, however, with Holmes and Ruth Roberts giving Florence a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win. Tarence was playing with partner Kateleigh Calloway.
     The Lions already clinched the school’s first state title since 2013 prior to the final match.
     Saraland was selected the Sportsmanship Award recipient for the girls’ division.
    Complete finals results are below. All state tennis results can be found at http://dnn.ahsaa.com/TEMPLATES/2016GirlsClass6AStateTennisBrackets/tabid/4835/Default.aspx.


AHSAA Tennis Championships
Class 6A Final Results

Briarwood Christian 58; Walker 50; Florence 45; Northridge 40; Decatur 33; Cullman 29; Saraland 22; Albertville 17; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 14; Northview 10; Homewood 7; Opelika 4; Gulf Shores 2.
Sportsmanship winner: Saraland.

No. 1 –
Lilly Holmes, Florence  vs. Jud Tarence, Briarwood Christian, postponed until Tuesday, 5 p.m., at Cullman HS.
No. 2 – Callie Ware, Briarwood d. Emily Overbee, Decatur, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 3 –Olivia Hayes, Walker d. Izzy Nolan, Northridge, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 4 – Frannie Ware, Briarwood Christian d. Mary Ann Wolfe, Walker, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 5 – Emily, Graves, Cullman d. Katelyn Bussey, Briarwood Christian, 7-6, 1-6, 6-4.
No. 6 – Edy Smith, Florence d. Alyssia Steed, Saraland, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 –
Lilly Holmes/Ruth Roberts, Florence d. Jud Tarence/Kateleigh Calloway, Briarwood Christian, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2 – Beverly Fite/Anna Katherine Layton, Decatur d. Natalie Bleazard/Holley Beth Spivy, Walker, 6-3, 7-6.
No. 3 – Kelsi Wilson/Kenna Eldridge, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa d. Mary Ann Wolfe/Shanna Watt, Walker, 6-1, 6-2.

Walker 66; Walker 47; Opelika 36; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 33; Cullman 31; Briarwood Christian 27; Dothan 24; Spanish Fort 24; Saraland 17; Gulf Shores 10; Austin 6; Muscle Shoals 6; Albertville 2.
Sportsmanship winner: Northridge.

No. 1 –
Chase Parker, Northview d. Nathan Wang, Shades Valley, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2 – Adam Self, Spanish Fort d. Connor Borresen, Cullman, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 3 – Tyler Banks, Walker d. Nikhii Boorgu, Florence, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
No. 4 – Ben Hicks, Walker d. Christian Ragsdale, Briarwood Christian, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 5 – Noah Davis, Florence d. Tag Shaw, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 6 – John Bertoldi, Walker d. Jach Ruserlyan, Florence, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
No. 1 –
Kevin Lazenby/Andrew Bizilia, Opelika d. Peter Whitehurst/Jordan May, Dothan, 6-3, 7-6.
No. 2 – Tyler Banks/Ben Hicks, Walker d. Scott Carpenter/Connor Pruett, Opelika, 7-5, 6-0.
No. 3 – Eli Matthews/John Bertoldi, Walker d. Noah Davis/Jach Ruserlyan, Florence, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Montgomery Academy Captures AHSAA 1A/3A Boys & Girls State Tennis Championships

      MONTGOMERY  – Montgomery Academy’s boys won its sixth straight state tennis championship and the Montgomery Academy girls won its eighth title in the last nine seasons as the Eagles swept the AHSAA Class 1A/3A state tennis championships concluded Wednesday at Lagoon Park.
     Coach David Bethea’s boys won five of the six singles championships and all three doubles titles to post 61 points. Runner-up Altamont had 26, American Christian and Houston Academy tied for third with 21 each.
     Senior Bo Torbert won the No. 1 singles championship for the third year in a row. He beat John David Shealy of American Christian 6-0, 6-0 in the finals Wednesday and also joined his younger brother James Torbert to win the No. 1 doubles title over Madison Academy’s Dylan Young and Thomas Lambdin, 7-6, 6-1.  Janes, a freshman, also won at No. 2 singles.
     Other singles winners included Allen Millsap, Wyatt Davidson and William Robertson, at 4, 5 and 6, respectively, for MA.  Dylan Fullilove of Altamont prevented a complete sweep winning the No. 3 singles title over Robert Dunlap of Houston Academy, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
     Westbrook Christian was selected the boys’ Sportsmanship Award recipient.

Montgomery Academy Girls Win 8th Title in Last 9 Years
     Montgomery Academy’s Lady Eagles scored 56 points, winning two singles winners and won all three doubles championships to take the title. Bayside Academy, which won the other four singles championships, was second with 40 points and Decatur Heritage finished third with 23.
     MA, coached by Fairlie Herron and Tommy Traylor, won the No. 4 singles championship with senior Lucy Massey beating Kristen Cates of Westminster-Oak Mountain 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 in the finals. Freshman Shelby Slawson won the No. 6 singles. Elizabeth Robertson and Holland Griffin downed Abby Tubbs and Lizzie Bishop of Decatur Heritage in the No. 1 doubles finals 6-2, 6-4.   Kate Dockery and Massey won No. 2 doubles, and Sellers McConnell joined Martha Earnest to take the No. 3 doubles crown.
       Abby Warner of Bayside won the No. 1 singles championship beating Erin Young of Madison Academy 6-1, 6-0.  Kida Ferrari, Evelyn Pickett and Mary Catherine Branyon also won singles in the No. 2, 3 and 5 slots. 
  Altamont was the Sportsmanship Award recipient for the girls’ division.
    Complete finals results are below. All completed tennis results can be found at http://www.ahsaa.com/Sports/Tennis/2016-State-Tennis-Tournament-Brackets.


AHSAA Tennis Championships
Class 1A/3A Final Results

Montgomery Academy 56; Bayside Academy 40; Decatur Heritage 23; Shoals Christian 12; Donoho 11; Westminster-Oak Mountain 9; Altamont 6; American Christian 6; Madison Academy 4.
Sportsmanship winner: Altamont.

No. 1 –
Abby Warner, Bayside Academy d. Erin Young, Madison Academy, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 – Kida Ferrari, Bayside Academy d. Karleigh Cross, Shoals Christian, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 – Evelyn Pickett, Bayside Academy d. Kate Dockery, Montgomery Academy, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
No. 4 – Lucy Massey, Montgomery Academy d. Kristen Cates, Westminster, OM, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.
No. 5 – Mary Catherine Branyon, Bayside Academy d. Sellers McConnell, Montgomery Academy, 7-6, 6-0.
No. 6 – Shelby Slawson, Montgomery Academy d. Annamarie Woodfin, Donoho, 7-6, 6-4.

No. 1 –
Elizabeth Robertson/Holland Griffin, Montgomery Academy d. Abby Tubbs/Lizzie Bishop, Decatur Heritage, 6-2, 6-4.
No. 2 – Kate Dockery/Lucy Massey, Montgomery Academy d. Brooklyn Parker/Lida Orr, Decatur Heritage, 6-2, 4-6, 10-7.
No. 3 – Sellers McConnell/Martha Earnest, Montgomery Academy d. Avery Bowman/Baily Founds, Decatur Heritage, 6-1, 6-1.

Montgomery Academy 61; Altamont 26; American Christian 21; Houston Academy 21; Donoho 18; Madison Academy 8; Westbrook Christian 3.
Sportsmanship winner: Westbrook Christian.

No. 1 –
Bo Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. John David Shealy, American Christian, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 – James Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. Braden Reed, Houston Academy, 6-1, 7-5.
No. 3 – Dylan Fullilove, Altamont d. Robert Dunlap, Houston Academy, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
No. 4 – Allen Millsap, Montgomery Academy d. Arjun Lakhanpal, Altamont, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 5 – Wyatt Davidson, Montgomery Academy d. Gray Hanley, Donoho, 6-1, 7-5.
No. 6 – William Robertson, Montgomery Academy d. Mac Lidikay, Altamont, 6-3, 7-5.
No. 1 –
Bo Torbert/James Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. Dylan Young/Thomas Lambdin, Madison Academy, 7-6, 6-1.
No. 2 – Clayton Muller/Allen Millsap, Montgomery Academy d. David Hudson/Cooper Montgomery, Donoho, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 – Wyatt Davidson/Camp Spain, Montgomery Academy d. Clark Thomason/Connor Quit, American Christian, 6-0, 6-2.

UMS-Wright Sweeps Class 4A-5A State Tennis Championships

       MOBILE  – UMS-Wright High School’s boys’ and girls’ tennis teams each won a state championship Wednesday as the AHSAA Class 4A/5A state tennis championships concluded at the Mobile Tennis Center.
       The sweep was the eighth straight for the school – with Coach Meridy Jones’ girls and Coach Rick Cleveland’s boys claiming state titles each year since 2009. The tournament was scheduled to conclude Tuesday afternoon but the boys’ and girls’ No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles finals were played Wednesday.
       The Bulldogs scored 74 points sweeping four singles championships in the boys’ competition and captured the No. 1 doubles competition. Trinity Presbyterian finished second with 56 points and LAMP was third with 34.
      Winning singles titles were seniors Nicholas Anez (No. 1) and Clay Baker (No. 2), sophomore Patrick Kraver (No. 3) and junior Patrick McGowin (No. 4).  Anez, who beat Trinity senior Tyler Vermillion in the singles finals 6-0, 6-1, teamed with Kraver to win the No. 1 doubles title over Vermillion and Charlie Trotman, 6-3, 6-4.
     Sylacauga was selected the Sportsmanship Award recipient.

UMS-Wright Girls Win 5 Singles Titles
     UMS-Wright won five of six singles championships to score 75 points and runner-up Saint James had 54 in the girls’ competition.  St. Paul’s Episcopal was a close third with 52 points and LAMP had 36.
     Claiming the No. 1 singles championship for the Lady Bulldogs was freshman Audrey Sewell, who beat St. Paul’s senior Ann Mason Hunter, 6-2, 6-4 Wednesday morning. Also winning singles titles for UMS were seventh grader Tianna Dixon (No. 2), freshman Martha Williams (No. 3), sophomores Adelaide Bell (No. 5) and Anne Harvey (No. 6).  Sewell and Dixon won the No. 1 doubles title over Saint James senior Clayton Waring and freshman Bea Richardson, winning 6-3, 6-2 in the final match of the tournament Wednesday afternoon. 
    Sylacauga was the Sportsmanship Award recipient for the girls’ division.
    Complete finals results are below. All completed tennis results can be found at http://www.ahsaa.com/Sports/Tennis/2016-State-Tennis-Tournament-Brackets.


AHSAA Tennis Championships
Class 4A/5A Final Results

UMS-Wright 75; Saint James 54; St. Paul’s Episcopal 52; LAMP 36; Sylacauga 25; Randolph 23; Sardis 22; Deshler 17; Boaz 10; Oneonta 9; Helena 8; Corner 6; Brooks 4; West Point 3.
Sportsmanship winner: Helena.

No. 1 –
Audrey Sewell, UMS-Wright vs. Ann Mason Hunter, St. Paul’s, 6-2, 6-4.
No. 2 – Tianna Dixon, UMS-Wright d. Seline Morrisette, St. Paul’s, 6-4, 6-1.
No. 3 – Martha Williams, UMS-Wright d. Monnie Slaton, St. Paul’s, 6-4, 6-0.
No. 4 – Frances Case, St. Paul’s d. Ellen Williams, UMS-Wright, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 5 – Adelaide Bell, UMS-Wright d. Bea Richardson, Saint James, 7-5, 6-1.
No. 6 – Anne Harvey, UMS-Wright d. Sue Richardson, Saint James, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 1 –
Audrey Sewell/Tianna Dixon, UMS-Wright vs. Clayton Waring/Bea Richardson, Saint James, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 – Ella Skier/Chloe Miramontes, Saint James d. Minhee Jeon/Harmony Frye, LAMP, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6.
No. 3 – Monnie Slaton/Glenn Case, St. Paul’s d. Adelaide Bell/Anne Harvey, UMS-Wright, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

UMS-Wright 74; Trinity Presbyterian 56; LAMP 34; Randolph 31; Russellville 30; Fayette County 21; St. Paul’s Episcopal 20; Guntersville 18; Sylacauga 17; Helena 12; Brewbaker Tech 11; West Point 11; Douglas 10; Jacksonville 6; Mortimer Jordan 2.
Sportsmanship winner: Sylacauga.

No. 1 –
Nicholas Anez, UMS-Wright d. Tyler Vermillion, Trinity, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 – Clay Baker, UMS-Wright d. Jaemin Kim, LAMP, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 3 – Patrick Kraver, UMS-Wright d. Jack Citrin, St. Paul’s, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 4 – Patrick McGowin, UMS-Wright d. Porter Simpler, Trinity, 6-0, 6-2.
No. 5 – Joshua Kim, LAMP d. Peter Van Lingen, UMS-Wright, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0.
No. 6 – Kasey Collazo, LAMP d. Porter James, Russellville, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 1 –
Nicholas Anez/Patrick Kraver, UMS-Wright d. Tyler Vermillion/Charlie Trotman, Trinity, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 2 – Jake Williams/Levi Hargett, Russellville d. Peter Van Lingen/Johann Phann, UMS-Wright, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6.
No. 3 – Max Williams/Joppa Pendley, Trinity d. Sean Davis/Dominick Lioce, Randolph, 6-2, 6-0.

Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills Win Class 7A Tennis Championships

       DECATUR – Vestavia Hills edged out Mountain Brook 42-40 to capture the AHSAA Class 7A girls’ state tennis championship Tuesday, and Mountain Brook High School’s boys’ captured the boys’ 7A title as the 7A State Championships concluded at Decatur’s Almon Tennis Center at Point Mallard.
      Vestavia Hills’ girls, coached by Shelley Sumner , posted three singles wins and one doubles victory in the finals to nip Mountain Brook 42-40. The Spartans had two singles champions and one doubles winner.  Huntsville was third with 29.
       Winning singles titles for Vestavia Hills were Georgia Moros at No. 3, Maggie Nelson at No. 5 and Harper Anderson at No. 6.  Moros, a junior, and Nelson won the No. 3 doubles and seniors Haley Harmon and Hannah Nelson fell in the No. 1 doubles finals to Daryn Ellison and Sidney Ellison of Spain Park.
      Freshman Margaret Polk paced the Lady Spartans winning the No. 1 singles title with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Fairhope sophomore Caroline Adams in the finals.  
     Fairhope was selected the 7A Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Mountain Brook Boys Dominate
     Mountain Brook’s boys, coached by Susan Farlow, rolled to four singles state titles and swept all three doubles finals to post 53 points as the Spartans won for a state boys title for the 27th time -- an AHSAA record. McGill-Toolen was second with 22, followed by Enterprise with 20 and Spain Park, 18.
     Bob Jones senior Vincent Rettke closed out his prep career with his second straight Class 7A state singles title. Rettke beat Fairhope freshman Will Dodson 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles finals. 
     Junior David Faulkner won the No. 2 singles championship for Mountain Brook winning 6-1, 7-5 over McGill-Toolen’s Hallet Green. Seniors Yates Jackson, Seth Cohen and Leo Styslinger also won 3, 5 and 6 singles, respectively, for the Spartans.
    Peter Hartman and Jackson won the No. 1 singles title, Faulkner and Paul Jones won No. 2 doubles, Chase Robinett and Andrew Karcher, No. 3 doubles for Mountain Brook.
    McGill-Toolen was the Sportsmanship Award recipient for the boys’ division.
    Complete finals results are below. All results can be found at www.ahsaa.com for Class 7A and Class 1A-3A, which got underway Tuesday at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park.

AHSAA Tennis Championships
Class 7A Final Results

Vestavia Hills 42; Mountain Brook 40; Huntsville 29; McGill-Toolen 14; Spain Park 12; Auburn 7; Enterprise 4; Fairhope 3, Bob Jones 2.
Sportsmanship winner: Fairhope.

No. 1 –
Margaret Polk, Mountain Brook d. Caroline Adams, Fairhope, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 – Ashley Cooks, Huntsville d. Sarah Cooper, Mountain Brook, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
No. 3 – Georgia Moros, Vestavia Hills d. Hallet DeMouy, McGill-Toolen, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 4 – Cele Sullivan, Mountain Brook d. Sage Ellis, Vestavia Hills, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 5 – Maggie Nelson, Vestavia Hills d. Morgan Jenkins, Mountain Brook, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
No. 6 – Harper Anderson, Vestavia Hills d. Laura Walker, Huntsville, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 1 –
Daryn Ellison/Sidney Ellison, Spain Park d. Haley Harmon/Hannah Nelson, Vestavia Hills, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
No. 2 – Sarah Cooper/Cele Sullivan, Mountain Brook d. Hallet DeMouy/Helen Ann Cornell, McGill-Toolen, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 3 – Georgia Moros/Maggie Nelson, Vestavia Hills d. Claudia Stephens/Emily Felix, Huntsville, 6-1, 6-1.

Mountain Brook 53; McGill-Toolen 22; Enterprise 20; Spain Park 18; Huntsville 17; Bob Joes 8; James Clemens 6; Fairhope 6; Auburn 5; Oak Mountain 4.
Sportsmanship winner: McGill-Toolen.

No. 1 –
Vincent Rettke, Bob Jones d. Will Dotson, Fairhope, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 2 – David Faulkner, Mountain Brook d. Hallet Green, McGill-Toolen, 6-1, 7-5.
No. 3 – Yates Jackson, Mountain Brook d. Connor Coots, Huntsville, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 4 – Connor Coleman, Spain Park d. Brett Blackburn, Enterprise, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 5 – Seth Cohen, Mountain Brook d. Jeffery Schock, McGill-Toolen, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 6 – Leo Styslinger, Mountain Brook d. Ryan Stafford, Spain Park, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 1 –
Peter Hartman/Yates Jackson, Mountain Brook d. Jachym Bezouska/ Ethan Forbes, Huntsville, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 2 – David Faulkner/Paul Jones, Mountain Brook d. Christopher Scherzburg/Evan Pruett, Enterprise, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 3 – Chase Robinett/Andrew Karcher, Mountain Brook d. Connor Coleman/Sam Johnson, Spain Park, 6-1, 6-0.

Class 6A Girls State Tennis Tourney Walker Rolls To AHSAA Class 6A Girls Tennis Championship

     Walker High School claimed two singles titles, one doubles title and still has the No. 1 doubles finals to complete as the Lady Vikings rolled to the AHSAA Class 6A Girls State Tennis Tournament championship Friday at the Mobile Tennis Center.
     Coach Rufus McDuffie’s Lady Vikings had 71 points through Friday’s matches and can pick up three more if senior Kallie Beall and junior Alexis Dillard can win the No. 1 doubles match against Decatur senior Ivey-Katherine Weaver and sophomore Anna-Quinn Weaver. The match will be played at Cullman Monday at 4:30 p.m.
     Briarwood Christian finished second with 60 points and Decatur, with 50 points, finished third. Cullman was fourth.
     Freshman Lilly Holmes of Florence beat Walker’s Beall in the No. 1 singles finals 6-3, 6-3.
Walker’s Olivia Hayes won at No. 3 singles and Gabby Jordan captured the No. 5 singles title.
Walker’s No. 2 doubles team comprised of Abby Hayes and Gabby Jordan won over India Wood and Grace Evans of Northridge, 6-2, 6-1.
     Briarwood had three singles winners (Jud Tarence at No. 2, Kateleigh Calloway at No. 4 and Callie Ware at No. 6). Calloway and Katelyn Bussey also won No. 3 doubles.
    The championship was Walker’s first since winning the Class 5A girls’ title in 2003.
    Saraland was also named the team sportsmanship winner.

Class 6A State Girls Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Walker 71, Briarwood Christian 60, Decatur 50, Cullman 31, Florence 22, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 21, Northridge 19, Spanish Fort 16, Albertville 11, Saraland 11, Oxford 10, Opelika 7, Daphne 4, , Gulf Shores 3. 

Team Sportsmanship winner: Saraland.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Lilly Holmes, Florence d Kallie Beall, Walker, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 2 – Jud Tarence, Briarwood d. Anna-Quinn Weaver, Decatur, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) 
No. 3 – Olivia Hayes, Walker d. Emily Overbee, Decatur, 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 – Kateleigh Calloway, Briarwood d. Abby Hayes, Walker, 7-6, 6-3
No. 5 – Gabby Jordan, Walker d. Gentry Bussman, Cullman, 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 – Callie Ware, Briarwood d. Beverly Fite, Decatur, 7-6, 6-1
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Anna-Quinn Weaver/Ivey-Kathrine Weaver, Decatur d. Kallie Beall/Alexis Dillard, Walker, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
No. 2 – Abby Hayes/Gabby Jordan, Walker d. India Wood/Grace Evans, Northridge, 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 – Kateleigh Calloway/Katelyn Bussey, Briarwood d. Olivia Hayes/Holley Spivey, Walker, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Class 6A Boys Tennis Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa Wins First State Title In Close 6A Finish

     Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa won at No. 5 and 6 singles and No. 2 doubles Friday in the AHSAA Class 6A Boys State Tennis Tournament at Mobile Tennis Center and squeaked out the school’s first state tennis title in one of the closest finishes in AHSAA history.
    Six points separated the top six teams with Coach Brad Armstrong’s Patriots totaling 41 points to win by two over Walker (39 points). Dothan was third with 38, Briarwood Christian was fourth with 36, Opelika and Florence tied for fifth with 35 each. Cullman had 27 to take seventh, Northridge and Saraland tied for eighth with 24 apiece.
     Junior Peter Whitehurst of Dothan captured the No. 1 singles title beating Cade Pressnell of Austin 6-3, 7-6 (4).  Whitehurst and fellow junior Jordan May also won the No. 1 doubles championship with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Cullman duo Matthew Davis and Donny Camp.
     Junior Addison Osborn of Hillcrest won at No. 5, and sophomore Tag Shaw took No. 6 singles for Hillcrest. The Patriots also won the No. 2 doubles championship with juniors Jon Logan Beadlescomb and Osborne defeating Briarwood’s Lucas Catellanos and Bennett Davis 6-3, 6-1.
Briarwood was also named the team sportsmanship winner.

Class 6A State Boys Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 41,Walker 39, Dothan 38, Briarwood Christian 36, Florence 35, Opelika 35, Cullman 27, Northridge 24, Saraland 24, Austin 11, Homewood 11, Shades Valley 10, Albertville 2.
Team Sportsmanship winner: Briarwood Christian.

Singles Finals
No. 1 – Peter Whitehurst, Dothan d. Cade Pressnell, Austin, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
No. 2 – Thomas Collier, Briarwood d. Winston Smith, Opelika, 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 – Tyler Banks, Walker d. Zack Wolfe, Hillcrest, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3
No. 4 – Nick Hester, Florence d. Ben Hicks, Walker, 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 – Addison Osborne, Hillcrest d. Mason Woodman, Walker, 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 – Tag Shaw, Hillcrest d. Colin Higginbotham, Northridge, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Peter Whitehurst/Jordan May, Dothan d. Matthew Davis/Donny Camp, Cullman, 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 – Jon Logan Beadlescomb/Addison Osborne/Hillcrest  d. Lucas Catellanos/Bennett Davis, Briarwood, 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 – Markie Buettner/Dalton Clary, Northridge d. Noah Davis/Nikhil Boorgu, Florence, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

UMS-Wright’s Hooper Closes Career With No. 1 Singles Win

    UMS-Wright High School senior William Hooper had to wait a day to close out the final championship in a two-day domination by Coach Rick Cleveland’s Bulldogs’ tennis team in the AHSAA Class 4A-5A Boys state tournament Wednesday.
   Hooper, who beat Trinity Presbyterian’s Tyler Vermillion 7-5, 6-3 in the finals played at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton. The final was the lone match not completed on Tuesday due to Hooper’s four matches played earlier in doubles and singles.  With the final points, UMS-Wright won the school’s seventh straight title compiling 82 points. Runner-up St. Pau’s was second with 50.
    Hooper teamed with Nicholas Anez to win the No. 1 doubles title Tuesday at Mobile Tennis Center. The four-match limit in a day forced the finals to be postponed – setting up a half-way point in Brewton for the two players to meet.
    Hooper, who has played on six UMS-Wright state championship teams, won 11 singles and doubles state championships during that span. He was 10-1 this season with his only loss coming to Brooks Green of Class 7A McGill-Toolen during the regular season.
     Trinity finished fourth with 31 points behind UMS, St. Paul’s and third-place Randolph (48 points).
   UMS-Wright’s girls also won the state championship for the seventh year in a row on Tuesday. The teams were playing in the newly created 4A-5A division for the first time. The previous six championships were in Class 4A.

Class 7A Boys Tennis Mountain Brook Crowned First 7A State Boys Tennis Champion

     Mountain Brook became the first AHSAA Class 7A state boys’ tennis champions Tuesday as the Spartans doubled up the competition posting 74 points in the victory at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park Tennis Complex.
     Huntsville and Spain Park tied for second place with 35 points each, and McGill-Toolen was fourth with 29.
     Coach Susan Barlow’s team improved its boys' state record total to 24 – dating back to 1969. However, Tuesday’s title was the school’s first boys’ championship since 2010. Farlow’s girls  also holds the AHSA state record for most girls’ tennis titles with 26. The Lady Spartans finished second to Huntsville Tuesday.
     Mountain Brook’s boys won four singles titles and placed second in another. The Spartans swept all three doubles championships.
     Bob Jones’ Vince Rettke won the No. 1 singles title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Brooks Green of McGill-Toolen in the finals. Mountain Brook sophomore Peter Hartman won the No. 2 singles finals with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Garrect Hartsock of Spain Park. Yates Jackson (No. 3), David Faulkner (No. 4) and Paul Jones (No. 6) also won singles titles for Mountain Brook. Will Hargrove also finished second in the No. 5 singles finals falling to William Cook of Huntsville.
     Sam Lidikay and Jackson won at No., 1 doubles beating Brooks Green and Hallet Green of McGill-Toolen 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in a hard-fought final.  Hartman and Faulkner won at No. 2 doubles, Hargrove and Jones won at No. 3.
Class 7A State Boys Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Mountain Brook 74, Huntsville 35, Spain Park 35, McGill-Toolen 29, James Clemens 22, Enterprise 14, Bob Jones, 8, Fairhope 8, Auburn 6.
Team Sportsmanship winner: Enterprise.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Vince Rettke, Bob Jones d. Brooks Green, McGill-Toolen, 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 – Peter Hartman, Mountain Brook d. Garrett Hartsock, Spain Park, 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 – Yates Jackson, Mountain Brook d. Nathan Bartz, McGill-Toolen, 6-0, 6-3
No. 4 – David Faulkner, Mountain Brook d. Jacob Bourland, Huntsville, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
No. 5 – William Cook, Huntsville d. Will Hargrove, Mountain Brook, 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 – Paul Jones, Mountain Brook d. Ethan Forbes, Huntsville, 6-1, 6-1
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Sam Lidikay/Yates Jackson, Mountain Brook d. Brooks Green/Hallet Green, McGill-Toolen, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
No. 2 – Peter Hartman/David Faulkner, Mountain Brook d. Jacob Bourland/William Cook, Huntsville, 6-7, 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 – Will Hargrove/Paul Jones, Mountain Brook d. Dalton Holladay/Jack Setterfield, Spain Park, 6-0, 6-1

Class 7A Girls Tennis Huntsville Claims First Girls Tennis Title Since 1990

     Huntsville High School out-scored nipped runner-up Mountain Brook 61-57 to capture the AHSAA’s first Class 7A state girls tennis championship Tuesday at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park Tennis Complex.
     Huntsville parlayed one doubles and three singles championships into the Lady Panthers’ first state girls’ tennis title since 1990. It was the school’s fourth overall.
    Coach Reece Morton’s team was boosted by freshman Sydney Flesch’s come-from-behind 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 win over Daryn Ellison of Spain Park in the No. 1 singles finals. Ashley Coots also won at No. 3 singles and Nicole Reilly took the No. 6 singles crown.  Andrea Walker and Laura Walker also won the No. 3 doubles title.
    Mountain Brook, which holds the AHSAA girls' state record with 26 state championships, was led by Elllie Polk and Cele Sullivan, who won at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. Polk also teamed with Sarah Cooper to win the No. 2 doubles title.
    Vestavia Hills’ team of Haley Harmon and Hannah Nelson captured No. 1 doubles beating Flesch and Coots of Huntsville in the finals 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Lady Rebels finished third overall with 50 points, and McGill-Tooeln was fourth with 26.
Class 7A State Girls Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Huntsville 61, Mountain Brook 57, Vestavia Hills 50, McGill-Toolen 26, Fairhope 21, Hazel Green 10.
Team Sportsmanship winner: Fairhope.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Sydney Flesch, Huntsville d. Daryn Ellison, Spain Park, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
No. 2 – Hannah Nelson, Vestavia Hills d. Sarah Cooper, Mountain Brook, 7-5, 6-4
No. 3 – Ashley Coots, Huntsville d. Georgia Morros, Vestavia Hills, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 – Ellie Polk, Mountain Brook d. Grace Forbes, Huntsville, 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 – Cele Sullivan, Mountain Brook d. Meredith Cazalas, McGill-Toolen, 6-1, 6-0
No. 6 – Nicole Reilly, Huntsville d. Harper Anderson, Vestavia Hills, 6-3, 6-3
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Haley Harmon/Hannah Nelson, Vestavia Hills d. Sydney Flesch/ Ashley Coots, Huntsville, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 – Sarah Cooper/Ellie Polk, Mountain Brook d. Chloe Warren/Caroline Adams, Fairhope, 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 – Andrea Walker/Laura Walker, Huntsville d. Helen Darby/Margaret Clark, Mountain Brook, 6-2, 7-5

Class 4A/5A Boys Tennis UMS-Wright Boys Claim 7th Consecutive AHSAA Tennis Crown

     UMS-Wright captured the 16th AHSAA boys’ state tennis championship in school history Tuesday totaling 80 points in the Class 4A/5A state tourney held at the Mobile Tennis Center. UMS-Wright had won six straight Class 4A crowns coming into the new 4A/5A division. The streak is still alive now at seven.
     St. Paul’s, the Class 5A champs in 2014, finished second with 50 points and Randolph was third with 48.
     The tourney still has No. 1 singles finals to play Wednesday. Trinity Presbyterian’s Tyler Vermillion won three straight singles matches to reach the finals and will face UMS-Wright senior William Hooper, who beat Randolph’s Grant Ginsburg in a grueling 6-3, 7-5 semifinals to set up today’s final match. Hooper also teamed with Nicholas Anez to win four No. 1 doubles matches including Tuesday’s 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Ginsburg and Owen Averbuch of Randolph in the finals.
      Cooper played in his maximum number of matches forcing the singles finals to be postponed.  Since all other play has concluded, the two netters will play the championship match Wednesday at 4 p.m. at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, a midway point between Montgomery and Mobile for the two schools.
      Coach Rick Cleveland’s Bulldogs can pick up three more points with a Cooper win. Trinity, which had 31 points, can also added three more points to its total with a Vermillion win. UMS-Wright’s girls won the 2015 state crown Tuesday and now owns a seven-year state championship winning streak as well.
      Anez won the No. 2 singles title for Cleveland’s squad. UMS-Wright also got singles championship wins from Patrick Kraver (No. 3) and Patrick McGowin (No. 4). Patrick Kraver and Pete VanLingen also had a hard-fought win over Jimmy Mackin and Sam Franklin of St. Paul’s in the No. 2 doubles finals, winning 7-6 (6), 6-3.
Class 4A/5A State Boys Tennis Championships*
Team scoring:
UMS-Wright 80*, St. Paul’s Episcopal 50, Randolph 48, Trinity Presbyterian 31*, LAMP 27, Russellville 24, Fayette County 18, West Point 16, Helena 14, Douglas 12, Guntersville 10, St. James 9, Sylacauga 9, Haleyville 4, Jacksonville 2, Oneonta 2.
*-Final scoring will be completed after No. 1 singles finals Wednesday.
Team Sportsmanship winner: (tie) Fayette County and SAylacauga.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Tyler Vermillion, Trinity vs. William Hooper, UMS-Wright, Wednesday at TR Miller, High School, Brewton, 4 p.m.
No. 2 – Nicholas Anez, UMS-Wright d. Owen Averbuch, Randolph, 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 – Patrick Kraver, UMS-Wight d. Max Williams, Trinity, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
No. 4 – Patrick McGowin, UMS-Wright d. Sam Franklin, St. Paul’s, 6-0, 7-5
No. 5 – William Russell, St. Paul’s d. Pete VanLingen, UMS-Wright, 6-4, 7-5
No. 6 – Harrison Citrin, St. Paul’s d. Jackson Laurence, UMS-Wright, 6-4, 6-1
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – William Hooper/Nicholas Anez, UMS-Wright d. Grant Ginsburg/Owen Averbuch, Randolph, 7-6 (5), 6-4
No. 2 – Patrick Kraver/Pete VanLingen, UMS-Wright d. Jimmy Mackin/Sam Franklin, St. Paul’s, 7-6(6), 6-3
No. 3 – William Russell/Harrison Citrin, St. Paul’s d. Patrick McGowin/Will McGowin, UMS-Wright, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5